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Groupthink the Key to Success in Government “Science”


Wednesday April 25th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:11pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Scientific studies must be reproducible because replication allows others to examine the data and methodology, and the possibility of reaching different conclusions. If a study is not reproducible it is not really science at all, and that is now common, according to David Randall and Christopher Welser, authors of The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern…
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Time for New Budgeting Rules


Monday April 23rd, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:03am PDT   •   0 Comments

The process for setting a sound fiscal budget for the U.S. government is badly broken. So much so that the chair of the Senate’s budget committee, Mike Enzi, is suggesting that his congressional committee should be eliminated altogether. Alexander Bolton of The Hill reports on the provocative proposal: Enzi’s seemingly radical suggestion comes as…
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An Earth Day Meditation for Millennials


Friday April 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

April 22 marks Earth Day and millennials might think it goes back at least 100 years, or maybe all the way to the nation’s founding. Actually, Earth Day started only 48 years ago in 1970, but it was an occasion of significance. As Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk and Kenneth J. Sim showed in…
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Government Fat Cats Bulk Up on Taxpayer Dollars


Tuesday April 17th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:29am PDT   •   0 Comments

Many taxpayers have seen little economic gain in recent years but the salaries of government education bureaucrats “have exploded” as the Sacramento Bee reports. Sarah Koligian of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District gets $240,000 and Christopher Hoffman of Elk Grove Unified bags $330,951, more than the $324,029 of Sacramento State University boss Robert Nelson….
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CBO: Excessive Spending Drives Deficits


Monday April 16th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:47am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual 10-year projection for the U.S. government’s budget and economic outlook. What makes this year’s outlook stand out from previous editions is that the CBO’s analysts have taken the effects of the significant tax cuts and spending increases that have recently passed into law into its…
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Facebook.Gov.Con


Wednesday April 11th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

The April 11 written congressional testimony of Mark Zuckerberg is already available, and what the Facebook CEO told senators on April 10 is of considerable interest. It was “my mistake,” he said, that the Cambridge Analytica firm had purloined the data of 87 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg said he was sorry and was taking…
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A Just-For-Show Balanced Budget Amendment Vote


Wednesday April 11th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:59am PDT   •   0 Comments

Three weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bipartisan $1.3 billion spending bill that, because it eliminated the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011, guarantees the return of the kind of annual trillion dollar budget deficits that characterized much of President Obama’s tenure in office. Perhaps…
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New Jackboot City


Tuesday April 10th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

The squad came at dawn, Remington model 870 shotguns at the ready. They broke down the door, rushed in and handcuffed a man before shoving him into a police car. One might think they were after a terrorist, escaped convict, or murderer. In reality, this was a raid by the enforcement division of the…
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China’s “Nuclear Option” For Its U.S. Debt Holdings?


Monday April 9th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

A trade war between the U.S. and China has ramped up in recent weeks, with both nations proposing new tariffs on the goods that each imports from the other in a series of tit-for-tat announcements. The Reuters news service however has been exploring a scenario where China’s role as a major creditor to the…
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Fiscally Troubled Connecticut Bails Out Nearly Bankrupt State Capital


Thursday April 5th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

The nearly bankrupt city of Hartford, the state capital of Connecticut, was bailed out by the fiscally troubled state government of Connecticut last week. Jenna Carlesso of the Hartford Courant describes the city’s bailout package that will avoid the city having to officially declare bankruptcy: The state’s bailout for Hartford has cleared its final…
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